Model for Skateboard Pavilion

Generali Foundation, © Photo: White Stephen

Dan Graham

Model for Skateboard Pavilion, 1989

Architecture model Two-way mirror, aluminum, polyester-cast, painted light-grey and with graffiti, wooden floor, coated with sand and sawdust, painted green, particle board base, painted gray 206 x 145 x 145 cm


Artwork text

Skateboard Pavilion, consisting of a large, cement, concave dish for skateboarding and a canopy of two-way mirror glass, a four-sided pyramidal form truncated at the top so that it is open, was first proposed for a “stopping point” for the International Garden Year in 1993 in Stuttgart, Germany. It was not accepted, perhaps because the notion of a recreational attraction primarily for teenagers was not thought to be a good idea. It works maximally when the skateboarder approaches the lip or top edge of the concave dish and looks up towards the sky/canopy and sees a combined kaleidoscopic reflection and transparent image of himself and the surrounding environment on the canopy form. The cutaway top produces a diamond-like image also projected on the two-way mirror canopy. (Dan Graham)

Lending history
2014 Tilburg, NL, De Pont museum voor hedendaagse kunst 2005 Munich, DE, Haus der Kunst 2002 Helsinki, FI, Nykytaiteen museo Kiasma (KIASMA) 2002 Düsseldorf, DE, Kunsthalle 2001 Paris, F, Museé d'Art Moderne de Paris (MAM) 2001 Otterlo, NL, Kröller-Müller Museum 2000 Porto, PT, Fundacao Serralves